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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jul 1, 2009 10:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead Politics?

Anyone remember Reagan's response to the 1983 terrorist bombing of US Marine barracks in Lebanon?

If not, I'll remind you..

No US retaliation. Rest of the Marines withdrawn from Lebanon within four months.

Over the next three years, the US engaged in a secret and illegal arms-for-hostages deal with Iran, the primary state backer of the Lebanon terrorists.

And he's remembered as such a hard-ass...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 1, 2009 11:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead Politics?

Yep, that was what I was getting at below. The crucial, specific decisions he made vis-a-vis ForPolicy were not good ones, objectively speaking (whether you're a hard liner or not, he screwed up and was inconsistent on Central America and the Mid Eas).